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Praise due to retiring Barra McGrory

Barra McGrory is owed a considerable debt of gratitude as he prepares to stand down from his demanding and complex role as director of public prosecutions.

Donald Tusk declaration of support raises the Brexit stakes

At the end of a week which has seen considerable mudslinging in the direction of the Irish government, the taoiseach yesterday received a resounding declaration of support from European Council President Donald Tusk, who pledged the backing of the EU over the border issue.

Irresponsible of Donald Trump to give platform to Britain First

Donald Trump's latest Twitter outburst, retweeting anti-Muslim videos from the far right Britain First organisation and then attacking Theresa May, not only shows how unsuited he is to the responsibilities of his office but also offers encouragement to those promoting an agenda of hate.

Mary Evans worked tirelessly for The Disappeared

Mary Evans, who was buried in Crossmaglen yesterday after her death at the age of 85, was a tireless campaigner on behalf of all of those associated with the group known as The Disappeared.

Huge sporting achievement for Conner Byrne (14)

Sporting prodigies can sometimes compete against adults while still in their late teens but Conner Byrne's achievement in starting a senior match for the Irish League club Glenavon at the age of 14 is remarkable by any standards.

Prospect of election in Republic recedes - for now

The resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has averted the prospect of a Christmas election in the Republic and defused a growing political crisis that threatened to undermine the taoiseach's strategy at a crucial point in the Brexit negotiations.

Timely warning from Jonny Ramsey's family

The family of Co Down teenager Jonny Ramsey, who died last month after reportedly experimenting with what are known as UFO pills, deserve great praise for warning others of the risks they face from drugs during the party season.

DUP's flag waving will not break stalemate

The DUP's annual conference at the weekend was a decidedly more downbeat affair than last year, when an exuberant party leader Arlene Foster claimed that Brexit presented the biggest economic opportunity for the UK in decades.

Unacceptable threat to Brian Tierney

Attempts to intimidate elected representatives are always repugnant and the arson attack on a car belonging to the SDLP councillor Brian Tierney was a particularly ugly episode.

Fitting tribute to Brian Hearty

The death of Brian Hearty in a car crash last month, on the day after he celebrated his 26th birthday, represented a terrible loss for his family, friends and the wider community.

John Hume deserves Dublin street honour

The proposal that a street in Dublin city centre should be named after the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate John Hume has considerable merit and deserves to be taken seriously by the authorities.

Military amnesty proposal will cause deep concern

Confirmation that a potential amnesty for security force members is to be included for consultation in the Stormont House Agreement is an alarming development which will cause deep disquiet among the families of victims.

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